REVIEW: THRIVE by Aly Martinez

Posted January 24, 2018 by MeliMel in Blog Tours, Book Love, Home, Meli Mel Review, Reviews / 0 Comments

REVIEW: THRIVE by Aly Martinez

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Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either.

The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine.

She chose him anyway.

I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire.

Without Mira, I thrived.

Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier.

Now, it was my turn to choose.

And she wasn’t going to like my answer.

THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“Baby, I withered for you. I burned at the stake day after day, knowing he didn’t love you. Knowing you’d chosen him. Knowing there was not one goddamn thing I could do to make you change your mind. Hating you was the only way I survived.”

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“Thrive” Is the second installment in the Guardian Protection Series. This book is about Jeremy Lark and his second chance romance story. When Jeremy was a young man, he fell in love and hard with his best friend’s girl Mira York. Because Mira was dating Jeremy’s best friend Kurt, he knew she was off limits, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t be friends. There is something about Jeremy that makes Mira feel safe and free to be herself that she becomes eager to hang out with him. They know they shouldn’t but things slowly start to heat up between them. However, one night Jeremy’s heart shatters when Mira doesn’t end up choosing him.

Seventeen years after that painful night, Mira is regretting having stayed with Kurt. Mira is trying to move on with her life after her ex-husband Kurt pretty much ruined it. Moving on is proving to be challenging when even when Kurt is in prison his illegal activities are still affecting her. When some men come to her home and kidnap her best friend and chihuahua she doesn’t know what to do. She only has one person to go to and she hasn’t seen him since she hurt him.

Jeremy now works for Guardian Protection and has made a pretty good life for himself. He is divorced but loves his two little girls more than anything in the world. The last thing he ever expected was to receive a call from Mira asking for his help seventeen years later. After all these years, Jeremy still holds a grudge and he lets it known every opportunity that he can to her. It pains Mira to see Jeremy so cold towards her but she understands him. They are both forced into close quarters due to her dangerous situation and as a result past hurts come bubbling to the surface. Along with that pain, comes the love that they felt for one another that seems to have always been there.

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“I choose us. Now and forever. I swear to you I’ll always, for the rest of my life, choose us.”

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This book broke my heart for Jeremy. I was so mad at Mira in the beginning but I get that they were all stupid kids. I did enjoy the slow rekindling of their romance as adults. Jeremy was so freaking sweet and alpha that he just made me swoon. I loved the banter between them and even other secondary characters that just made me chuckle quite a bit. I really enjoyed the steam and loved that we were able to see how their relationship flourished when they were young. There were elements of suspense in this book that definitely kept things interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot. If you’re a fan of ‘second chance at romance’ stories then you should check this one out.

Purchase the previous book in the Guardian Protection Series 

SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited

Meli Mel’s REVIEW of Singe – here

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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